(CBRief) – San Francisco police and other authorities have provided more information about a man who allegedly broke into Paul and Nancy Pelosi’s townhouse early Friday and assaulted the Speaker’s husband with a hammer.
In a press conference later Friday, Chief Bill Scott said officers were dispatched to the home around 2:27 a.m. and, upon arrival, found a man identified as 42-year-old David DePape struggling with Paul Pelosi over a hammer.
“Officers observed Mr. Pelosi and the suspect both holding a hammer. The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it,” he noted, adding that his officers tackled the suspect immediately and disarmed him.
Both Pelosi and DePape were taken to area hospitals for treatment, reports noted further.
The Western Journal added:
The motive behind the attack is “still being determined,” Scott said, adding that San Francisco police were leading the investigation in conjunction with the FBI, the U.S. attorney’s office, the U.S. Capitol Police and San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, who was with him at the briefing.
The police chief said DePape would be booked on charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary “and several other additional felonies.”
“Earlier this morning, Paul Pelosi was attacked at home by an assailant who acted with force, and threatened his life while demanding to see the Speaker,” Hammill said following the attack. “Mr. Pelosi was admitted to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital where he underwent successful surgery to repair a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right arm and hands. His doctors expect a full recovery.”
“The Speaker and her family are thankful for the outpouring of support and prayers from friends, constituents and people around the country. The Pelosi family is immensely grateful to Mr. Pelosi’s entire medical team and the law enforcement officers who responded to the assault. The family appreciates respect for their privacy during this time,” Hammill added.
Nancy Pelosi “was in Washington, D.C. with her protective detail at the time of the overnight break-in,” he said.
The White House said President Joe Biden “is praying for Paul Pelosi and for Speaker Pelosi’s whole family” following the “horrible attack.” Biden went on to blame Republicans for the attack.
After calling the attack “despicable,” he said there is “no place in America” for it.
“There’s too much violence, political violence, too much hatred, too much vitriol,” Biden said. “And what makes us think that one party can talk about stolen elections, COVID being a hoax, that it’s all a bunch of lies, and it not affect people who may not be so well balanced.
“What makes us think that it’s not going to corrode the political climate?” he added. “Enough is enough is enough. Every person of good conscience needs to clearly and unambiguously stand up against violence in our politics, no matter what your politics are.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom also piled on the GOP blame train.
“This heinous assault is yet another example of the dangerous consequences of the divisive and hateful rhetoric that is putting lives at risk and undermining our very democracy and Democratic institutions. Those who are using their platforms to incite violence must be held to account,” he said. “Our leaders should never fear for their safety and the safety of their families in serving the people they were elected to represent – not in their homes, not at the U.S. Capitol, not anywhere.”
A source who spoke to Fox News said the intruder confronted the Speaker’s husband shouting, “where is Nancy, where is Nancy?”
“This was not a random act. This was intentional. And it’s wrong,” Scott said. “Everybody should be disgusted about what happened this morning.”
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Authorities found a list of politicians that he wanted to target, sources told KTVU. The sources also said that authorities found a manifesto belonging to DePape which contains anti-government beliefs regarding COVID-19 and other conspiracy theories.
“I spoke with Speaker Pelosi earlier this morning and conveyed my deepest concern and heartfelt wishes to her husband and their family, and I wish him a speedy recovery,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.